, Gloucester, MA

May 15, 2013

Water work continuing with service restored

By James Niedzinski
Staff Writer

---- — GLOUCESTER — Work on a Department of Public Works water infrastructure project is continuing today at Tally’s Corner, snarling traffic around the intersection of Main, Washington, Rogers and Commercial streets.

But the valve replacement work today is not tied to the emergency water service shutoff that left a number of residents and businesses without water service for several hours Tuesday night.

A Department of Public Works official said Wednesday as soon as the problem Tursday was identified as a broken water gate valve, the city began repairs. Jay Jarosz, the DPW’s operations manager of utilities, said the problem was fixed and water restored sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday, with water restored to Washington and Commercial Streets and to the section of Main that had been shut off — between Washington and Hancock streets.

The broken valve was found after carrying out a much larger infrastructure project at Tally’s Corner, and that work is continuing today.

Jarosz said that, because the water was shut off for so long, the water lines had to be flushed out to ensure the water was up to par.

”We flushed the whole area, they should be in good shape,” he said this morning.

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